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Lee Palmer Wandel

Lee Palmer Wandel’s latest book is The Eucharist in the Reformation: Incarnation and Liturgy.

Witchcraft Trials

Lee Palmer Wandel, 3 December 2009

Anna Fessler was a young mother. Her death, on Shrove Tuesday, 20 February 1672, was typical of those that brought about thousands of witch prosecutions in early modern England, North America and German-speaking Europe: agonising and unexpected. Fessler’s life was otherwise unremarkable: she was a resident of a small village, peaceably married, and had given birth to her second child a...

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